The Thinner Phone

I talked last week about the surprise Apple had in store for us with the announcement of their latest financial figures. Now, no sooner than the ‘ink was dry’ on that story, when in steamrollered the next bit of Apple gossip.

It's all about the next generation iPhone 6 and just how thin it will be. It probably didn't escape your notice that some plans were leaked recently which suggest this next model of the iPhone maybe around 6 mm thick. It's far too early to say if any of these leaks are true but regardless of that is it really good idea to make a phone that thin? There are other reports around of the current 5 and 5S models being a bit ‘bendy’; so for how long can the thinner phone be a real selling point?

We know Apple always steals a march in the mobile sector with their design style but many commentators say this may be a step just a little too far. A number of manufacturers are reportedly working on truly flexi-screen devices but judging by the recent leaks and other sources of information that's not quite what Apple are looking to achieve with the iPhone 6 to the best of our knowledge. However, setting aside all the look and feel influences of the 6, battery life is probably the major challenge along with creating a good enough battery for a device this thin. As smartphone users do more and more with their devices on a daily basis, the battery technology needs to keep up with the users’ requirements.

If we're not careful we could return to the good old days of the early cellphones with the one hour battery life, when we all used to have very short phone calls and talk really quickly to make sure we could say everything we wanted to say before the battery died.

So, if the consumer really wants a thinner phone then, that same consumer will soon come to realize the limitations of current battery technology which in turn may lead to thicker subsequent models or, perhaps even better still, more advancements in battery technology.

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